[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 17 November 2006 Morning

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Newsbriefs 17 November 2006 Morning

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan



'All coup plotters to be jailed' (www.philstar.com)
TAGAYTAY CITY - With the arrest of the leader of most coup plots in the country, President Arroyo said Filipinos "must put coup threats in the dustbin of history, and coup plotters in jail." 

Mrs. Arroyo said she hoped the arrest of former senator and Army colonel Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan would bring political stability to the country and lead to a further improvement of the economy. 

"I hope there will be no more destabilizing of our democracy and our economy," Mrs. Arroyo said in a statement commending police for the arrest of Honasan. 

"The people are tired of adventurism and seek opportunities to move up and forward in an atmosphere of political stability," the President said in a speech at the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas' Top Level Management Conference here. 

She said the arrest of Honasan would start "the long journey of the Philippines to First World (status) in the next two decades."


Betrayal begets betrayal (www.philstar.com)
Disgruntled former military colleagues of ex-senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan betrayed the fugitive politician and provided information to the military and police that led to his arrest in Quezon City, military sources disclosed yesterday. 

"Easily said, he was betrayed by some people whom he also betrayed earlier," said a source from the intelligence community who declined to identify the people who gave Honasan away. 

After nine months in hiding, Honasan was nabbed at about 2:30 a.m. last Wednesday while trying to escape from a unit at the Enclave Townhouse in Greenmeadows subdivision, Quezon City, a posh residential area behind the Armed Forces headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo. 

Sources said the information provided by the "assets" was the lead that resulted in Honasan's arrest. 

"These people were so close to the former senator (Honasan) before... they know of his movements and activities," another source told The STAR.


2 justices asked to inhibit selves  (Inquirer)

LAWYERS for a pro-Charter change group have asked Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban and Justice Antonio Carpio to inhibit themselves from deliberating on the pending motion for reconsideration of the people's initiative to amend the Constitution.

In a motion filed before the court yesterday, lawyers for the Sulongbayan Movement Foundation said the two justices would not be able to rule fairly on the appeal filed by Sigaw ng Bayan and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (Ulap) because they were biased against the petition.

Sulongbayan is pushing for a people's initiative to effect a shift to a parliamentary-unicameral form of government like Sigaw and Ulap.

Carpio had written the Supreme Court's strongly worded decision junking the people's initiative to amend the Constitution.

"A judge should take no part in a proceeding where the judge's impartiality might reasonably be questioned," the Sulongbayan lawyers, Eliseo Ocampo and Ferdinand Topacio, said quoting from the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Sulongbayan particularly asked Carpio to recuse himself because of the reported involvement of his former law office, Angcangco, Villaraza and Associates, in the moves to defeat the petition.

Graft wastes ODA funds (he Manila Times)


Foreign assistance funds in the Philippines and Indonesia are wasted because of corruption and careless spending, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) report said. 


"Many opinion leaders think that corruption eats into foreign assistance funds and produces substantial waste," the "ADB Perceptions Survey: Multinational Survey of Opinion Leaders 2006," said. 


The report noted that more than 8 of the 10 opinion leaders in Southeast Asia, or 82 percent of those polled, feel that corruption is to blame for waste in official development assistance (ODA). 


Only the Philippines and Indonesia were chosen in the Southeast Asian region for the survey. 


The observation was shared by respondents from the Pacific with 66 percent, South Asia (64 percent) and Mekong (59 percent). 


In East and Central Asia only 39 percent of the respondents concurred, and among donor countries, only 43 percent. 


The report is the ADB's first independent perceptions survey. More than 700 opinion leaders in 30 ADB member-countries were polled between April and June 2006 to assess stakeholders' attitudes toward ADB's role and effectiveness in the Asia and Pacific region. 


The opinion leaders are from government, the media, civil society, academe, the private sector, and development partners in donor countries and ADB's five operational regions. 


In most countries between 20 and 50 opinion leaders were interviewed.


"Many feel that enough money is spent on foreign assistance but that the money is not being spent wisely," the ADB survey added. 


Gonzalez: No pressure to include Miriam in SC shortlist (abs-cbnNEWS.com)


Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez on Friday denied pressuring the Judicial and Bar Council to include Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on the shortlist of candidates for the new chief justice of the Supreme Court. 


Gonzalez said he is in no position to influence the collective decision of the JBC concerning Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban's successor.


"The chief justice and retired justices of the Supreme Court are the ones to make the decision. I am only one member of the JBC. Senator Santiago legitimately applied for the position therefore her application should go through due process," the justice chief told DZMM. 


"The final decision should be a collective decision of the JBC," he added.

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